Sunday, March 2, 2008

Dementia



         We seem to be having a blue light special this weekend on Dementia.  As I sit there in my my hall chair positioned to watch 3 or 4 especially active demented patients the yells and cussing from our more verbal one drift down the hall.  My  tension headaches danced around behind my eyes like little demons from hell.


           What causes dementia?  What can I do to prevent dementia,? I ponder.  Some causes have answers and preventive measures, but other causes remain unknown and unpreventable.  Which will I get.  Will mine be from late nights not sleeping and repeating the same reassuring sentence over and over again?  When I am 89 will I be laying in my hospital bed kicking my covers off and saying over and over.....its alright,hush, try to rest and not worry.  I will be here.  There is nothing to be frightened of.  Lets get back in bed now.

     So that is how my weekend is going so far.  One last night to go. One more night...one more night......one more night.

5 comments:

madcobug said...

Dementia patients are pitiful. I don't even like to think about getting any older. My Mother was getting it from having mini strokes. Cancer got her before she got really bad. If what you are saying there at the last is what one of them is saying it sounded like thay had watched after a partner who had it before them and they had said that to them over and over, so it was coming naturally to them. So sad. Helen

cacklinrosie101 said...

I worry about that quite a bit now.  My mother is sharp as a tack but my dad was getting very bad in his early 70's when he had his cardiac arrest and died.  I would have hated to see him lose anymore of his facilities.  I believe much dementia is genetic.  Chris

inquestoftruth said...

One more night and you can do it....you are a special person, and I'm sure that when you are kicking your covers off chanting niceties, the nurses will fight over who gets you!   (your prediction for you at 89 was funny by the way.)
~Meg

lanurseprn said...

I've always felt so sorry for dementia patients. I cannot imagine that happening. My Dad had a bit of it before he died. He had brain cancer...so it was understandable. So very hard to watch.
I like the graphic you put in this entry.
Pam

ukgal36 said...

that graphic cracked me up...
Lyn